Domenico Procacci

Domenico Procacci

Born in 1960, Domenico Procacci attended the Gaumont School of Cinema in Rome from 1981 to 1984, concentrating his studies mainly on film direction and script writing.

Producing came about almost by accident, when in 1987 a group of young Italian filmmakers, including Procacci, decided to make a low budget feature. One of them had to produce it, and the resulting collaboration, Il Grande Blek was both a critical and commercial success. A new career as a producer was born for Procacci.

Since that time he has produced a number of Italian films, including the internationally successful La Stazion (The Station), directed by Sergio Rubini (1989), La Corsa Dell'Innocente (Flight of the Innocent) directed by Carlo Carlei (1992) and produced with Franco Cristaldi, two films with pop singer Luciano Ligabue, Radiofreccia (1998) and Da Zero a Dieci (2002) (From Zero to Ten), the highly successful L'Ultimo Bacio (2001) (The Last Kiss) directed by Gabriele Muccino, Respiro and Directors Fortnight selection L'Imbalsamatore (2002) (The Embalmer).

In 1993 Procacci produced his first non-Italian film, Bad Boy Bubby, directed by Rolf de Heer. The creative harmony and resultant success of this project led Procacci to produce a further four films with de Heer including the Cannes entries The Quiet Room (1996) and Dance Me To My Song (1998), the Venice 2002 competition entry The Tracker, and de Heer's Alexandra's Project, due for release in 2003.

Procacci has also co-produced a number of European films including: Milcho Manchevski's Dust (2001) with Chris Auty and Vesna Jovanoka; Pan Nalin's Samsara (2002) with Karl Baumgartner and Christoph Friedel; and Emanuele Crialese's Critics Week prize winner at Cannes 2002, Respriro, with Anne-Dominique Toussaint of Films des Tournelles, France.

The Australian connection was expanded in 2001 when Procacci produced Richard Lowenstein's He Died with a Felafel in His Hand and the formation of Fandango Australia in early 2002.

Procacci also set up his own distribution company in 2001, with recent successes including Ray Lawrence's Lantana and Samsara, and he also runs a book publishing division.